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Little Si, Boulder Garden Loop

It was a beautiful day so I decided to hike to Little Si and include the Boulder Garden Loop along the way. The dog needed some exercise and so did I, but I didn't want anything too serious since I ...

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South Coldwater Trail

What a beautiful day for a hike! Blue skies and sunshine; I was very happy to get out on the trail. The road to the trailhead was clear and dry. The roadwalk to the trailhead from the Hummocks ...

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White Salmon Road Snowshoe

A great day in the mountains! I'm still finding new snowshoe routes in this area, and today I thought I would try White Salmon Road, just below Mt. Baker Ski area. I wanted a trail with a lot of snow ...

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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Ethan, Karen, & I took a hike out the Ginkgo Backcountry on this sunny, mild day.  We walked a bit over 1.5 miles and found a nice place overlooking the river for lunch.  We stayed our usual hour or ...

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Pleasant Valley Snowshoe

Started at Hell's Crossing. Arrived about 9:30 and were the first ones there but another car arrived as we were gearing up. Didn't see them again though so I assume they went on the north side. We ...

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Dog Mountain

Wore microspikes and used trekking poles. It was super cold and a lot of the trail was snow and ice covered. There were some trees down on the trail, but they weren't hard to walk over. There was ...

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Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Hiked on: December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023 Hike Time: 1.5hrs Day 1 / 4.5hrs Day 2 Camped at: Mazama Ridge Weather: 33F/16F cloudy / sunny Popularity: ...

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Umtanum Creek Canyon

Ethan, Karen, & I took a walk up Umtanum Canyon on this cloudy, cool day.  We walked about 1.5 miles up the canyon until we were opposite the big buttress and found a nice spot for lunch.  After ...

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Reflection and Louise Lakes Snowshoe

First, a reminder that the road from Longmire to Paradise is currently only open on weekends. We snowshoed from Narada falls and split from the Reflection Lakes trail to climb Mazama Ridge ...

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Garfield Ledges, Middle Fork Connector Trail

I wasn't sure what to expect driving down the middle fork valley road.  The snow level on the surrounding mountains looked to be more than a thousand feet higher but the valley always seems to be ...

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Mailbox Peak - Old Trail

Happy New Year from Mailbox Peak!! No snowshoes are needed now as there is a decent track all the way to the top. We put spikes on around 2800 ft and did just fine. Having poles was nice coming down ...

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Cowiche Canyon Preserve

I took my annual trek to the Cowiche Canyon Uplands this afternoon to photograph the last light of the year.  I walked the South Uplands Loop, up to Cowiche Knoll, & down Coyote Way a ways.  I wore ...

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Lower Big Quilcene River

Took advantage of what was supposed to be a non-rainy day to walk up Lower Big Quilcene. We had light rain until just before lunch, when the sun came out. Went 3.8 miles up (7.6 total, 4 hours). ...

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Little Si

The roads, trailhead, and trail are all in excellent condition. The trail maintenance on Little Si is obvious and very much appreciated. It poured for the first hour, which rocked because this is a ...

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West Fork Foss River and Lakes

Started at 0900, made it just past Copper Lake, returned to trailhead at 1530. Temperatures remained in the low 30s, though on some sunny exposed portions I warmed up a fair bit. Three other parties ...

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Pratt Connector to Pratt River Trail

I arrived early to catch any sunrise colors (multiple viewpoints for this near the trailhead)…it was 23F, so frost was a feature 🥶) The trail was great, frozen patches trailside but minimal impacting ...

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Bear Canyon, Tieton River Nature Trail

I'd heard there might be some nice fall color up the Tieton, so I took a trip to see for myself.  I started at Bear Canyon.  I walked up the road/trail into the mouth of the canyon until it became ...

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Lake Valhalla, Mount McCausland

I arrived at Steven's Pass just after 7 to a brisk 21 degrees with a decent breeze and started thinking I'd made a mistake. With the trail going slightly downhill for awhile it was hard to get warmed ...

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Capitol State Forest - Sherman Creek Loop

This is a very pleasant and woodsy hike. The trail was generally in great condition. The only issues were with areas that had melted after being frozen last night,slippery!, and then on the section ...

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Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

There was some minor road work on highway 20 where it went down to one lane, so be prepared for some delays. Also, there was occasional heavy smoke driving up, I'd say it was the worst near the ...

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Skyline Trail Loop

If you're going on a weekend - definitely start early! We started the hike about 7 am and there was plenty of parking and only a few other people on the trail. We managed to catch some of the sunrise ...

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Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

This is a great hike, and definitely fewer people than some of the nearby spots. It is a bit further from town, but not bad. The dirt road is fine for any car, too.  We didn't do the whole loop ...

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Vesper Peak, Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake

Hadn't seen an update report with smoke conditions so here it is! We hiked to Vesper Lake and camped overnight, scrambling Vesper Peak Saturday night. The road in is fine, except for a small ...

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Anderson Glacier, West Fork Dosewallips River, Dosewallips River Road

This was a tough overnight for me. I didn't note when I left the trailhead but I rode my bike to the NP boundary (you can legally ride further to Dosewallips campground I believe) and locked it up at ...

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Observation Rock

Spectacular day hiking up to Observation Rock. Left the trailhead at first light and made good time up to Spray Park with stops for Spray Falls and the Eagle Cliffs viewpoint. The trail to the ...

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Dege Peak

I hadn't made it over to Mt Rainier (except for Silver Falls) all year and, as Sunrise is closest & the Steven's Canyon Rd was closed, this was my last chance, so Ethan, Karen, Jonah, & I headed off ...

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White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

Did this as an ambitious day hike. It was well worth it but a lot for a single day. This hike has everything! Fall colors, sweeping views, rocky peaks, meadows, lakes and so much more.  I highly ...

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Remmel Lake, Cathedral Pass Loop

Another beautiful beautiful backpacking trip in the books! The hike was mostly through burnt forest, although there were a few annoying blowdowns we had to go through and figure out this trail was ...

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Fremont Lookout

I have hiked all around Fremont Lookout over the years but never up to it. Admittedly, I felt I could get the views from other hikes like Skyscraper Mountain and Burroughs 3 without the crowds. Well, ...

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Fremont Lookout

When we arrived at the parking lot it was about a third or less full. The Sunrise Day Lodge is closed for the winter. The restrooms are still open but there is no water for the sinks and no potable ...

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